Loquat in Chiba Japan





Yoshi Kume, left, and Keichiro Sekiyama examine new fruitingon a loquat tree at the Chiba Japan Agriculture research center. Kume san iswith the Chiba government ag agent and instructor of farmers for fruit growing.Sekiyama san is a researcher at the ag experiment station.



Brown bags on loquat are the same type I use in Kona.



Other fruit bagging experiments being carried out on loquat(Biwa in Japanese) at the station include controlling the amount of UV lighthitting the fruit and how it affects brix and flavor.



In addition to bagging tests, leaf stripping tests are nowunderway at the station.

Common in Taiwan and China, leaf stripping is not practicedmuch in Japan.

Tests on loquat in Kona have shown and increase in fruitsize when  leaves are removed.


Growth is encourgaged horizontally so that fruit is producedat arms length to save on labor. Branches are sometimes tied down with blackstrapping so that many flowers on outer branches are no more than  a yard above ground.



Usually three fruit are bagged individually but some testingis done with 2 fruit and

The leaf stripping to measure the effect.



Bags are numbered on tests of the patented seedless loquatthat the government hopes to release net year.



Production loquat of the obusa cultivar being grown in agreenhouse at the Hozumi Biwa Farm in Chiba Japan.



Fruit is thinned to 2 or 3 per cluster.



Waiting to be thinned.



Hozumi Biwa Farm



Center of production trees are thinned out to allow forlight and air circulation.


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Trees are kept low to about 2 meters and kept pruned for airand light circulation.